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After checking my collection i discovered that i had 3 Soldbücher of the Panzer-Lehr-Division (sold one though).

I don't see them that often, so i was wondering.. does anyone here got any Panzer-Lehr-Division Soldbücher? Please post them!

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Hi Rick,

 

Nice battle worn Soldbuch grouping you are showing us.

 

Signature on page 2 shows the "M" and looking at the page that shows the name of his wife "Maria" the clerk did use the same "M" for Erich's surname "Meiritz" 

 

About the Battle of the Bulge / Ardennes activities for your man, in the middle of page 22 it shows a hospital ? entry for 5.12.44 - 31.12.44, can't read the block-stamp as the image of it is too small, Reservelazarett ......Main.

 

Thank you for showing your interesting Panzer-Lehr-Division soldier.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

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Great little group...especially the photo to cap it off!!

I can think of at least five that I have...will get to posting later.....however these have cropped up in 24 years of collecting! 1 medic, 2 Pz.Gren Lehr, one medic...and another which I forget but bought it as he was an actor....it was a bonus when he turned out to be Pz.Lehr Div!

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Here's one......can't tell he was an actor in civilian life can you? He served 1944 with Sanitäts Kompanie 130 (April-July), Pz.Feldersatz Btl. 130 and Pz.Gren.Lehr Rgt. 902. No awards entered whilst with Pz.Lehr only Russian Front and Wound Badge in Black whilst serving with Kranken Transport Abt. 703

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Hi Rick,

He was simply Soldat/Obersoldat but according to his stretcher bearers ID he has medical rank. Also with a simple Marschbefehl stating his unit was in Bruck an der Leitha in lower Austria at the time.

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Ian my friend,

 

Nice Soldbuch, well filled out with a lot of entries, and a fine description.

 

Thanks for showing on the forum.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

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Another nice one Ian!

I don't know about a Hauptmann Heim, but maybe it says Klein?

There was a Hauptmann Klein in the Division.

He was the commander of II.Bataillon, Pz.Gr.Lehr-Rgt. 901. Starting in late 1944.

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Thanks Rick,

 

Thats interesting to know....would be great if he did stay with Pz. Lehr Div!!!

 

I wonder if this is him?

 

Klein, Helmut. Oberleutnant
I./Panzergrenadier-Lehr-Regiment 901
21.10.1944 Deutsches Kreuz in Gold

 

/Ian

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Accordng to "Elite Panzer Strike Force: Germany's Panzer Lehr Division in World War II" By Franz Kurowski:

 

Hauptmann Klein was the sixth commander of Pz.Gren.Lehr Rgt. 902 after Oberstleutnant Ritter von Poschinger who was killed on 4th of April 1945. Klein led the Regiment back through Altena and Hemer to Iserlohn, where he and his men were taken prison on 15th of April.

 

Perhaps the entry was made in PoW camp seeing as there is no stamp? However he signs as Bataillon Kommandeur still.

 

/Ian

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Here is another one of mine.
Not as spectaculair, but i mainly bought it for the last unit this soldier was in.

Franz Wischnat got his Soldbuch while serving with 7./I.R. 278, part of the 95.Infanterie-Division.
This Division was send to the Westwall to guard it in 1939/1940. Franz would be awarded the Westwall medal for it later.

In June 1940, during the invasion of France, Franz was hospitalized for a month with something i cannot read.

Probably not combat related as he did not receive a woundbadge. After thishe returned to the Regiment. He had missed allot of combat.
In August 1940 Franz was promoted to Gefreiter. In Oktober 1940 he received special work-leave and left for 6 month's.

After his leave Franz went to 5./I.R. 306, part of 211.Infanterie-Division. This Division was in Bretagne, France.
The Division stayed in France till January 1942, when it was send to Brjansk on the eastern-front.
In March 1942 Franz was hospitalized with freezing problems for 4 month's.
After his healing-leave Franz returned to his Regiment on the eastern-front, still fighting at Brjansk.
In late September 1942 Franz got hospitalized with (his old??) freezing problems again. This time he stayed for about 1,5 month's.
Franz was awarded the woundbadge in black and Ostmedal.

After healing Franz was send to Heimatkraftfahrpark Wuppertal.
He stayed with this unit for at least a few month's before returning to the eastern-front.
Franz was send to 8./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 4 of the 8.Panzer-Division. This Division was being replenished North of Gorodok.
In the middle of May 1943 the Division participated in operation "Maigewitter", anti-partizan actions at the North bank of the Düna river.
Later the Division fought at Orel/Kursk. In Oktober 1944 Franz was promoted to Obergefreiter.
In December 1943 Franz, again, got freezing problems and was hospitalized for about a month.

It seems that the eastern-front wasn't Franz's thing.
After healing Franz was send to Stab/Pz.Gren.Lehr Rgt. in Germany.
This Lehr unit was used to create the Panzer-Lehr-Division.
Franz was put in 3./Panzergrenadier-Lehr-Regiment 902.
With this unit Franz fought in Normandy against the allies.
He became wounded at some date in June 1944 and was hospitalized (31b) for about 1,5 month's.
After that he first went to his ersatz unit and then went back to the Panzer-Lehr-Division.
He stayed with his unit. He participated in the Ardennes-Offensive.
You guys can probably guess what happend next... yes! his left foot was frozen..
Franz was hospitalized for about 2 month's and then send to an ersatz unit in February 1945.

Franz was send to Festung-Pak-Ers.u.Ausb.Abt. 101, based in Fallingbostel.
There isn't much information on this ersatz unit (at least i cannot find it).
It was cut in half, part "A" and part "B". Franz was in part "A".
I know that this unit (part "A") was send to Berlin in the Britz-Buckow area, part of Verteidigungsabschnitt "C".
The other half of this ersatz unit, (b)./Festung-Pak-Ers.u.Ausb.Abt. 101, was send to Preßburg, via Prag/Brünn.

I'm not sure what Franz's job was. On the unit pages i can see that he received Infanterie-Pionier-zug training.
Maybe he was a specialist? or a driver? Who knows...

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Accordng to "Elite Panzer Strike Force: Germany's Panzer Lehr Division in World War II" By Franz Kurowski:

 

Hauptmann Klein was the sixth commander of Pz.Gren.Lehr Rgt. 902 after Oberstleutnant Ritter von Poschinger who was killed on 4th of April 1945. Klein led the Regiment back through Altena and Hemer to Iserlohn, where he and his men were taken prison on 15th of April.

 

Perhaps the entry was made in PoW camp seeing as there is no stamp? However he signs as Bataillon Kommandeur still.

 

/Ian

 

I got my info from the Divisional history book, written by Helmut Ritgen.

In the Stellenbesetzung he is listed as last commander of the II.Bataillon, Rgt. 901.

von Poschinger died at Silbach. The book does not say who took over the Regiment.

But the book does say that there weren't much combat soldiers left. So i can imagen that Klein took all the soldiers that were left with him as Hauptmann.

They surrenderd to the 99.US Inf.Div. on the 15th of April 1945.

Maybe, as he wasn't officialy appointed as Regiment leader, he kept his Bataillon leader role during capture?

I think that the award was written in the Soldbuch while in a POW camp.

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Rick and Ian,

 

Gentlemen, I thank you both for this great and interesting thread, great information and descriptions and Soldbücher that are a pleasure to look at.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

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On 12/5/2015 at 10:08 PM, Rickert said:

Here is another one of mine.
Not as spectaculair, but i mainly bought it for the last unit this soldier was in.

Franz Wischnat got his Soldbuch while serving with 7./I.R. 278, part of the 95.Infanterie-Division.
This Division was send to the Westwall to guard it in 1939/1940. Franz would be awarded the Westwall medal for it later.

In June 1940, during the invasion of France, Franz was hospitalized for a month with something i cannot read.

Probably not combat related as he did not receive a woundbadge. After thishe returned to the Regiment. He had missed allot of combat.
In August 1940 Franz was promoted to Gefreiter. In Oktober 1940 he received special work-leave and left for 6 month's.

After his leave Franz went to 5./I.R. 306, part of 211.Infanterie-Division. This Division was in Bretagne, France.
The Division stayed in France till January 1942, when it was send to Brjansk on the eastern-front.
In March 1942 Franz was hospitalized with freezing problems for 4 month's.
After his healing-leave Franz returned to his Regiment on the eastern-front, still fighting at Brjansk.
In late September 1942 Franz got hospitalized with (his old??) freezing problems again. This time he stayed for about 1,5 month's.
Franz was awarded the woundbadge in black and Ostmedal.

After healing Franz was send to Heimatkraftfahrpark Wuppertal.
He stayed with this unit for at least a few month's before returning to the eastern-front.
Franz was send to 8./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 4 of the 8.Panzer-Division. This Division was being replenished North of Gorodok.
In the middle of May 1943 the Division participated in operation "Maigewitter", anti-partizan actions at the North bank of the Düna river.
Later the Division fought at Orel/Kursk. In Oktober 1944 Franz was promoted to Obergefreiter.
In December 1943 Franz, again, got freezing problems and was hospitalized for about a month.

It seems that the eastern-front wasn't Franz's thing.
After healing Franz was send to Stab/Pz.Gren.Lehr Rgt. in Germany.
This Lehr unit was used to create the Panzer-Lehr-Division.
Franz was put in 3./Panzergrenadier-Lehr-Regiment 902.
With this unit Franz fought in Normandy against the allies.
He became wounded at some date in June 1944 and was hospitalized (31b) for about 1,5 month's.
After that he first went to his ersatz unit and then went back to the Panzer-Lehr-Division.
He stayed with his unit. He participated in the Ardennes-Offensive.
You guys can probably guess what happend next... yes! his left foot was frozen..
Franz was hospitalized for about 2 month's and then send to an ersatz unit in February 1945.

Franz was send to Festung-Pak-Ers.u.Ausb.Abt. 101, based in Fallingbostel.
There isn't much information on this ersatz unit (at least i cannot find it).
It was cut in half, part "A" and part "B". Franz was in part "A".
I know that this unit (part "A") was send to Berlin in the Britz-Buckow area, part of Verteidigungsabschnitt "C".
The other half of this ersatz unit, (b)./Festung-Pak-Ers.u.Ausb.Abt. 101, was send to Preßburg, via Prag/Brünn.

I'm not sure what Franz's job was. On the unit pages i can see that he received Infanterie-Pionier-zug training.
Maybe he was a specialist? or a driver? Who knows...

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Hi Rickert, a very rare and great post! Do you have any more information beside the Soldbuch about his deployment in Berlin. Festungspak A.u.E. 101 is quite rare to find. I think you had a look on my webiste before posting. I try to find connections for the 101 to Berlin fightings for nearly 20 years now. best

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